Monday, March 11, 2013

Guest Post: Kaki Read, Fashion Coordinator at Warby Parker

Hello Lovelies! How are you doing this fine Monday? I hope you're feeling sweet because I know you are looking chic!

Recently I was introduced to a fabulous eyewear company, via the IFB Conference, Warby Parker! Warby Parker specializes in vintage-inspired eyewear with a contemporary twist. From optical to sunglasses, they offer stylish eyewear that not only looks great, but is reasonably priced. Today's guest post is brought to you by Kaki Read, the fashion coordinator at Warby Parker. She comes with great tips on how eyewear can be a great fashion statement to your look. I may have to pick up a pair myself! Enjoy!

Wherever You Go: Dressing As Yourself
Kaki Read – Fashion Coordinator at Warby Parker

No matter how well stocked your closet is, you can be sure that you are going to need a fair amount of time and effort to look your best. The key to dressing well is to be ready for any and all occasions. Whether you are heading off to work or you are heading off to play, consider a few set outfits for when you need to leave the home.

Off to Work
When you are at work, you need to be taken seriously, so that means that your work clothes need to be on the neutral side of things. Grays, blacks, browns and dark blues are very common for work clothes, but once you have your basic skirt, pants and blouse options worked out you can add some color and some personality. For example, a beige suit looks lovely, but what happens if you add an umber scarf to the mix? On the other hand, why not give your face a pop of color by adding some bold vintage-inspired eyeglasses? Remember that a small dash of color can make an enormous difference when you want to create a look that is uniquely your own.

Off to Work

Out and About
When you step out for a great time, remember that you need to take a moment to consider how you are dressed. Sounds obvious, right? For example, think about heading out for some clothes shopping with your friends. When you are going to be out and trying on clothes, you need to keep things simple, as you will be getting undressed and redressed on a regular basis. Stick with a comfy shirt and a skirt for the easiest options. Consider a relatively fitted shirt and a light denim skirt paired with a pair of sturdy flats. If it’s a sunny day, glam it up with oversized sunglasses to pull everything together!

Out n' About

If you are someone who loves fashion, and if you want to include conscious fashion decisions throughout your life, take a moment to think about what your choices are. Your closet can provide you with more options than you ever thought possible, so take a moment to consider how you are going to move forward with your goals.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Splurge or Save

Hello Lovelies! I don't know about you, but I am ready for bright colors right about now. Not sure if neon is going to make a comeback for spring/summer this year but it still has a warm place in my heart...and closet.

If you're a bit unsure of this fluorescent shade why not try adding it with your accessories. A great tip that I learned is that by adding a questionable pattern or color to your outfit via an accessory, you can try out the fad without fully committing to it. One way I like to give new looks a try is with my handbags. By simply swapping out the handbag with different outfit pairings, it gives me a better idea of how I could possibly play off the look in a bigger article of clothing say a shirt or even pants.

Speaking of handbags, I was looking through my usual shopping sites and found these lovely bags at different prices. You know I am all about a good Splurge or Save comparison!

Splurge or Save

Left side: Cambridge Satchel Co.  //  Right side: Shoedazzle

Whether you skip in the shallow end or dive into the deeper end of your wallet, you are bound to find a stylish look at a price you are happy with. Neon handbags. Would you Splurge or Save?

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Chic Spring Wishlist

Hello Lovelies! Today marks 14 days 'til the first day of Spring! Hooray!! We are finally just two weeks out and I can't wait. I've had enough of the frigid winter chills and cold weather frills. It's time to pull out the sweet floral prints and candy pastel tints.

I am onboard the spring welcoming bandwagon and now I need to get my closet on board. Recently while searching the web for some fun spring articles to add to my wardrobe I discovered a fabulous clothing site called Chicnova. Along with great items to wear from their spring collection, they offer unique clothing and accessories that are sure to make you stand out against the colorful spring blooms.

From flirty lace to pops of floral, their spring collection offers a taste of whimsy any fashionista would love. I for one am buzzing over a few items myself.
Chic Spring Wishlist

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Ahhhh, Spring....I can smell the pollen in the air already! Have you started your Spring Wishlist yet?

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Cork It

Hello Lovelies! I hope you're having a great weekend! What am I up to? Oh nothing, just taking a leisurely fingertip stroll through the online retail haven of my computer. It's a great pass time, don't you think? One of my http:// "pit" stops was Lulu's since I haven't gandered at their lovely items in a while. Shame on me for not visiting them as often as I should! They have so many great things--how could I forget to stop by the site to say hi--naughty naughty.

In my reuniting with the brand, I fell in love with this cork tote and these strappy wedges. They would be perfect for spring/summer with floral maxi dresses, weathered skinny jeans, and anything thinner than the heavy layers I've been wearing all winter long. Notice a trend amongst the two? I didn't realize it at first but after looking them over an unusual texture graces both of them. Did you guess what it is? If you guessed cork then you are correct! Two snaps for you!

This neutral print most associated with bottling wine adds a vision of interest to decor, but in fashion can it really go beyond the typical cork wedge shoe? I never thought about it much before, but maybe--just maybe there was something to this whole cork thing. On my mission to find more cork styles, I came across six fabulous items I think you would approve!

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What do you think? Could cork be the new nude?

Friday, March 1, 2013

Splurge or Save

Hello Lovelies! It's March 1st, can you believe it! With each day that passes we are getting closer to the warmer weather here in New England. In anticipation of the heat to come I am getting a head start on updating my sandal collection. It's all about finding deals where I can and a sandal that is more than the average flip flop. Plus, I want to get the style I want at the price I want before the madness starts with sandal season.

I've always loved the style of DV by Dolce Vita sandals. They are casual enough to wear with jeans and a white tee, but the gold accents give it a sleeker finish so you can easily wear them with your favorite summer maxi. At $69.00 a pair they are definitely an investment and solid summer staple, but I couldn't resist the urge to search for a pair similar in style for a lower price. For every Splurge there has to be a Save (not dupe) out there somewhere--per my last Splurge or Save post.

Splurge or Save

Though the DV by Dolce Vita sandals hold a sweet spot in my retail heart, the Target sandals hit the sweet spot of my lightweight wallet. For the price of one pair of Dolce Vita sandals I can buy two other colors in addition to the black pair from Target. That works for me! :) Either way you go it is a win-win situation. You turn out with a fabulous summer sandal!

Have you found any great Splurge or Save options lately?